Santa Monica, California, USA
Ah, Deer -- You're still locked in the oil is the only answer postion. It's the current answer, not the only answer.
Fifty years ago, nobody knew for sure what could be done with atomic power, if anything, though there were theoretical expectations. One hundred and twenty five years ago, almost everything was coal/steam powered, and what to do with the thick gooey stuff bubbling up in Pennsylvania was still a question. 300 years ago, "fuel" consisted of wood, peat, and dried cow poop. I don't think even you, you ol' recidivist, suggest we go back.
Chernobl can't be ignored, nor the Arizona fiasco. Both happened. The French have a handle on it. Use their technological ability. Halliburton can't build an office building that our own foreign service diplomats choose to enter.
The notion of someone, somewhere, coming up with a better energy answer isn't wishful thinking. Just the crudest look at the evolution of technology, from shaping rocks to splitting atoms, suggests that technology evolves as need arises.
The next genius to come along might even be, shocking as it may seem, a Muslim. And hey, I'l bet you he or she will patent it and share.
The brief history of oil is a history of ruthless exploitation for gain. Can we lay a little guilt on oil company "Greed?" Yep. I think Upton Sinclair wrote a novel/expose about a while back, and someone recently had the temerity to make a movie called, ah, "Greed." How do you think the oil barons made their money, by being "nice guys?" Heck, in this country, first, they used to shoot each other, or have someone do it for them, then, growing up, they just litigated competitors to death. In Iraq, Iran, Khazakstan, and Argentina, etc, they still just shoot each other. But better times are a'comin'. Maybe we'll all wind up like England, pumping off the coast in the North Sea and having some of the highest gas prices anywhere...
Karen: "Mother Earth" did perfectly well without us for billions of years. It's probable that it will do perfectly well for billions of years after we are gone. Then the sun will blow up. But we won't be around to care. The notion of a "Mother Earth" is a religious or superstitious notion. I think you know that.
Do we "owe" anything to the "Earth?" I don't think so, and I don't the the planet Earth gives a darn one way or another.
Does the Earth owe us anything? I don't think so. Or if it does (if the Earth has an "itness" in a metaphysical sense,) I wish it would stop bestowing such gifts as hurricanes, tsunami waves, cyclones, floods, drought, earthquakes and other fun tectonic events.
Twenty years ago we were talking about Global Colding. Now we are talking about Global Warming. Both conditions were/are real. There have been temperature fluctuaions as far back as geologists are able to trace. The planet does it's thing with profound indifference to whatever, or what "nothing" is around at the time.
Can we utilize resources in harmony with what the planet currently has to offer for the good of our species? Probably. Will the Earth give a darn one way or the other? Of course not. It is not an anthropomorphic entity. It is, ah, "The Third Rock" from OUR "Sun," and that's pretty much it.
Bet you dimes to donuts ther are more such fortunately situated rocks around, but I don't think either of us will be here to collect.
Best, old irascible Jimbeaux.
Sometimes I amaze myself. I think that was a rant!